How come no new posts lately Allan? Have you given up Blogging? Is everything all right with you?
These are the questions I've been hearing a lot lately, and with good reason. With the holidays over and I have Winter Break from University, a lot of you were expecting more frequent posts here. Well, so was I. But then life got in the way and hasn't stopped yet.
What do I mean by that? Well let me take a moment to gather my thoughts and I'll explain...
After my last post, there was of course the holidays to contend with. Both my wife Helen and I were in heavy demand so naturally I didn't have a lot of time to even think about blogging. What time I had available to write I spent working on "The Door", focusing on the confrontation scene I mentioned in the last entry.
However, even that got derailed by events that began shortly after the new year began. I started getting requests for job interviews which took up more of my time as I prepped and primped to make a good impression. Then early last week, I got an offer with the County of Monterey, which I have accepted.
The job in question is full-time, which of course means I cannot take a full class load at CSU Monterey Bay, which led to a new crisis. Helen and I live in off campus-housing, which requires I be enrolled as a full-time student. We don't have the money or resources to move right away, so I had to put together an appeal to allow us to stay where we are until our lease runs out in May, which would put us in a better position to move then as well as still permit me to take a couple of classes.
I should be hearing an answer on our appeal late this week/early next week. In the meantime, we've been exploring back-up possibilities of where to move (which would be really stressful and difficult) in the meantime.
We have some possibilities in mind, but would really rather not be forced to move at this time as I still have to get past the 'Probation Period' with the county. They could decide I'm not working out and dump me, in which case I'd simply go back to being a full-time student if no other work offers show up.
All this worrying and running around has taken up most of my time this month and I'm simply praying at this point that we'll be given to okay to stay until the end of the lease and not have our lives disrupted even more.
So keep your fingers crossed for us that things work out and I can settle into the new job and juggle the classes I'm still taking with time for more writing.
I'll post again later this week or early next week with an update, so stay tuned... and keep writing.
Popular posts from this blog
Recently there's been a lot of discussion of Amazon Kindle's latest program... "Kindle Unlimited". Now for those of you have heard but don't know a lot about it, here's a quick recap in a nutshell. *Remember: this is only a brief overview and not an in-depth piece. I understand there are still some details to be ironed out* With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 a month to have unlimited access to Kindle books through Amazon. You don't have to 'buy' the books, you simply have access to them. Sort of like a private library that you pay a monthly fee to have access to. Now considering there are literally thousands of books on Kindle this is a pretty good deal for consumers. You can sample and read any the books and decide if you actually want to purchase a copy for yourself in e-book or maybe go for an actual print copy, without wondering whether or not the book is to your taste. So on the surface, this sounds pretty good right? So how do
Hello everyone. I had been planning and hoping to start out this blog post with me being all... But then Monday happened, and I wound up feeling like... Here's what's been happening around here for the last few months (well more like for the last year). You see, part of the reason (well a very big reason actually) why I haven't been posting a lot in the last year is because I developed some health issues. Nothing life-threatening, mind you, but life altering. Keeping a long story short, as of May I had to leave my job at the county of Santa Cruz and take Disability Retirement. Now this whole process has been ongoing since September of last year and now it's officially a year later, come to think of it. But throughout that time, I had a lot of doctor appointments, as well as dealing with a lot of stressful paperwork, which included short-term disability (which will be coming to an end this month). During my last meeting with my doctor, she noted my condition that led t
Me this morning when I opened this blog. We had hit over... Honestly, when this blog started back in 2010, I really had no idea what the hell I was doing. I only had the smallest inkling of what I wanted to say about books, writing, characters, voices, point of views, plot, setting, etc. But thanks to all of you and your continued support, I found my way. And after Helen joined me on the blog, things really took off thanks to her and all of you. And now, here we are at a number I never dreamed possible. Honestly, I'm so giddy right now I don't know what to do... Good advice. Thanks Loki. In the meantime, I want to say that I know I haven't been as active this year, mostly due to health and family issues. And unfortunately, those health issues are still ongoing. But I will try to bring you all more content soon, as well as a major announcement or two hopefully coming in the next two months. So, please bear with me, and continue to visit us. We love seeing you and hearing f